In 1969, I purchased my first real camera..
... a Pentax Spotmatic SLR - complete with Super Takumar 50mm f/1.4 standard lens, a 200mm f/4 tele and a 28mm f.2.8 Sigma wide angle.
Soon after, I picked up another Pentax, this time the ageing manual Honeywell model. In 1970, a couple of months after the birth of our son Simon, my wife Helen and I were transferred by my firm from South Australia to Port Hedland in the North West of West Australia.
In my spare time, when not fishing, I was involved with both cameras, capturing many hundreds of black and white images - on either Ilford HP IV or Kodak Plus-X - of the stark landscapes and derelict mine sites. I still have the Spotmatic, but only as a museum piece.
In 2000 I went digital, and a marvellous new world opened to me. The medium is perfect for improving technique with the time between photo session and end result being minimised so that errors can be quickly corrected.
The passion for stark landscapes and ageing (and sometimes quirky) subjects remains with me.
I purchased my first digital SLR the day the Canon EOS 300D was released in Australia. My son Simon now has my 50D camera, and I currently use a Canon 7DII with a huge Tamron lens for birds.
In 2013 - I invested in a "Travel Camera" - a Panasonic Lumix FZ200 with it's 24 x Leica f/2.8 lens. In 2016 I gave the Lumix FZ200 to my grandson Raphie, and in 2017 the Canon G10 went to my second grandson Fabie.
Late last year (2016) I began the move to the micro four thirds camp (effectively the detector is a half frame 35mm).
I purchased an Olympus PEN-F - a retro style 20Mp camera, and shortly after, in November, a used 16Mp OM-D M-1 Mk1 for it's water and dust proofing, and focus bracketing and stacking capabilities for (particularly) macro photography. By later February 2017, I had also invested in an 20Mp M1 Mk2 with significant speed and noise improvements. Recently I also added an M5 Mk2 (a smaller bodied 16Mp camera)
I am continually impressed by the quality of the M-Zuiko lenses (weather sealing, resolving power and build) and the in-camera image stabilisation - delivering around 5 stops of improvement, largely making carrying a tripod superfluous.
I use a range of Epson papers that include Archival Matte, Semi-gloss Archival, Full Gloss, Vivid White Watercolour and the new Cotton Rag paper. My printer is an Epson Stylus Photo R3000. All this is tied together with a ColorMunki screen/printer calibrator.
As can be seen by the range of images on this site, I have spent quite a bit of time shooting working sheepdogs. These intelligent, hard working dogs are a pleasure to be with, at times rewarding me with exhibition standard images (although many thousand exposures are made).
I also take great pleasure in shooting casual portraits under available lighting conditions (the Olympus kit is great for this).
Many of my images are to a large extent attributable to my wife Helen who I fondly refer to as my “Director of Shooting”. She has an iPhone because she says that my cameras have too many buttons!
A retired electronics buff, I now divide my time between gardening on our 3.5 acre property at Strathalbyn SA, grandchildren and my (obsession) - photography - and over the past 5 years involvement with the Farina restoration group as Webmaster and photographer.
7D MkII SLR
PEN-F micro 4/3
OM-D E-M1 Mk1 micro 4/3
OM-D E-M1 Mk2 micro 4/3
OM-D E-M5 Mk2 micro 4/3
30mm 1:3.5 Macro
60mm 1:2.8 Macro
14-150 1:4-5.6 MkII
7-14 1:2.8 Pro
12-40 1:2.8 Pro
40-150 1:2.8 Pro
MC-14 1.4x Teleconverter for 40-150 lens
SP 150-600 f/5-6.3 Di VC USD
430EX and 580EX II flashes
Custom Macro diffuser for 580EX
Manfrotto 144 and 190 aluminium tripods
Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 carbon fibre tripod
Manfrotto 484 monopod.
Manfrotto 715B lightweight tripod (for G11 and Olympus)
Portraits (particularly Animal)
In October 2012, my wife gave me a Peter Eastway Landscape Masterclass DVD. Many thanks Helen - and to you too Peter - my image quality has suddenly taken a great leap forward!
My main post-processing software is CaptureOne Pro 10.0. At times I resort to Helicon Focus and Photomatix Pro for focus and exposure stacking, and use Aperture 3 for simple processing and storage/presentation.